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American Educator
Summer 2012

 

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Metamorphosis
How Missouri Rehabilitates Juvenile Offenders
By Jennifer Dubin

Juveniles convicted of serious offenses usually end up in large correctional facilities that focus on punishment—not rehabilitation. The state of Missouri, however, has found a better way to help end the cycle of crime: by creating a network of small facilities that provide therapy and educational opportunities, it has dramatically reduced recidivism and helped thousands of youth make better choices in their lives. Tyler, Eric, and Jason are among those children. In their time at these state-run facilities, they have worked through their problems, earned academic credits, and renewed their interest in learning.

Juvenile Confinement in Context
By Richard A. Mendel

An Evolving Controversy
The Struggle to Teach Science in Science Classes
By Michael Berkman and Eric Plutzer

Although the level of controversy varies from one community to the next, biology teachers across the United States struggle to teach evolution. Some face pressure to teach both religious and scientific theories of human origins; others did not have adequate coursework on evolution during teacher preparation. As a result, many biology teachers are minimizing controversy, but also—often unintentionally—minimizing students' comprehension of the scientific evidence and consensus on evolution.

World-Class Ambitions, Weak Standards
An Excerpt from The State of State Science Standards 2012

Knowing Ourselves
How the Classics Strengthen Schools and Society
By Peter Dodington

A longtime Latin teacher explains why studying the ancient Greek and Roman world and learning Latin achieve one of the central goals of public education: helping students think deeply about how they want to live their lives and what they hope to accomplish.

Labor's Untold Story
A Textbook Case of Neglect and Distortion
By The Albert Shanker Institute

A review of high school history textbooks developed by the nation's leading publishers finds spotty, inadequate, and slanted coverage of the labor movement. Such coverage shortchanges students by not giving them a full and accurate account of labor history and the struggles of citizens acting collectively to bring about social progress and change.

Distorting the Historical Record
One Detailed Example from the Albert Shanker Institute's Report

Why Teach a 100-Year-Old Strike?
The "Bread and Roses" Centenary
By Norm Diamond

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About American Educator

American Educator is a quarterly journal of educational research and ideas published by the American Federation of Teachers. Recent articles have focused on such topics as reducing the achievement gap between poor and affluent students, heading off student discipline problems, teaching an appreciation and understanding of democracy, the benefits of a common coherent curriculum, and other issues affecting children and education here and abroad. Total circulation, as of our most recent issue, is over 900,000.

 
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